This is something Jonathan Fisher says in The Writer. In certain ways, this particular statement holds a lot of truth. You have to take a step back, see things for what they are, and then write about them. You have to become an observer, you have to put your life on hold. You have to spend a lot of time inside your head, a lot of time all by yourself, in your living room, scribbling down one word after another. Continue reading
First, I’d like to say that I don’t believe in talent as an innate ability to do something. Whether we’re talking about art, sports, or anything else. Talent is skill acquired over a certain period of time, and a certain individual’s talent depends on a lot of factors, both internal and external. Continue reading
It’s December – Christmas, the holidays, my birthday, etcetera, etcetera, so I decided to post a special sale throughout the month.
First, you can buy an e-book bundle containing 4 novels, a novella, 4 short stories, a compilation of essays, and a compilation of short stories for only $4.99. That’s a really great bargain, especially if you look at the reviews my books have received so far. You can purchase the bundle directly from my e-shop here.
Also, you can order a bundle composed of two signed paperbacks (The Writer and Jazz), complete with one a kind essays about one of the main themes of the novel, for only $30 (shipping included) here.
There you have it… quite a lot to chose from.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey
We all want something. We all lost something. We all love something. Some let themselves be guided by their passions, while others take to the rational way of acting… some choose to hug an illusion, others a dream, and on their loneliest nights they feel empty and weak and scared, while others choose to act… they want to create, to build, to enhance, to evolve, to wage war against the entire world if need be. Continue reading
“What is the issue that is eating you up? What is the personal fear that you can’t resolve and you can’t tolerate? Are you getting old with fucking NOTHING to show for it? Then, write Invisible Monsters. Are you worried that your brain or talent isn’t capable of creating anything interesting or unique, and you’ll die and rot and be forgotten – failing everyone you love? Well, then write Diary. My point is, use the story to explore and exhaust an issue of your own. Otherwise, you’re just dicking around, playing “let’s pretend.” If you can be ruthless and honest about your own fear, you express something that other people can’t express. You can resolve your own anxiety – through research, discussion, experiment – and that freedom is what brings you back to writing.
What could you never talk about in a million years? Then, write about that.” – Chuck Palahniuk Continue reading
After the campaign that was raising the funds needed to release Happiness failed to reach its goal, I asked myself this question. What’s next? What now? How am I going to get this book released? How am I going to get it edited? How am I going to advertise it?
More than that, I asked myself what was going to happen with my career as a writer. I blamed myself for the outcome of the campaign, for my inability to attract contributions. I had failed, and even though I thought about this possibility, and I always take failure into consideration, it’s always difficult to accept it. Continue reading
I believe that right now there are more artists on this Planet, more writers choosing to self-publish or just posting their stories on blogs, more painters selling prints and original artwork on deviantart, etsy, and the likes, more sculptors, more singers and aspiring movie makers trying to get more subscribers on YouTube than ever before. Continue reading
In many ways, fear is the only true constant in our lives. We are afraid that good things might end, that we might lose something we hold precious; when in pain, we are afraid it might never subside. We are always afraid. It’s how you know you’re alive… it’s how you’re aware of your surroundings, how you anchor yourself in the present… or keep an eye on the future. Sometimes we’re afraid of the past as well… that it might return to haunt us. Continue reading
“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” - Bertrand Russell
Most people spend their lives waiting for something to happen. When they’re happy, they’re waiting for something to ruin that happiness. They feel it, an energy of sorts, waiting around the corner to consume their smiles. When they’re sad, when they feel something is missing, they wait for something to make them smile again. Continue reading
It doesn’t matter if you plan on self-publishing your story, or you want to find an agent, or you just want to print it out and put it under your pillow, your story is ready when you feel there’s nothing more to add, nothing more to cut, nothing more to tweak. If you can read your entire manuscript without wanting to make a single change, then you’re good to go – it’s the best you could do at the time. Maybe a break is good, maybe it’s not. All I know is that I edit and re-write and tweak my stories until I just want to get them published and never have to read them again. Continue reading